West Limerick man gets suspended sentence for burglary of 80-year-old’s home

A West Limerick man who entered the home of an elderly woman in mid Kerry has received a two and a half year suspended sentence for burglary. Gavel 422-year-old Mark O’Brien of 7 Hillview Drive, Abbeyfeale pleaded guilty to entering the home of the 80-year-old woman to commit theft in the Killorglin area on January 27th, 2014. Mark O’Brien, who was 19 when the offence occurred, was under the influence of his older brother Patrick, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard. Patrick O’Brien of 10 Convent Road Abbeyfeale was jailed for four years for making a gain by deception, theft and burglary at three separate locations in Kerry, at a previous sitting of the court. His victims were aged 78, 80 and 92 and he had posed as an agent of Irish Water. Defending barrister Richard Liston said Mark O’Brien was remorseful and apologetic and had not gained financially from his crime. Judge Thomas E O’Donnell said burglaries of this kind were of enormous public concern where the homes and security of elderly people living in rural areas are interfered with. He described it as ‘a planned and premeditated enterprise’ and said the victim was now very wary of strangers. The judge imposed a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence but suspended this for two years on condition Mr O’Brien keeps the peace. He told the accused he was giving him a chance and it was up to him to take it.